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Alarming increase in Covid deaths exceeds dengue cases in São Paulo

According to data released on Wednesday (21), with the advancement of the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of deaths caused by the virus exceeded the records of deaths from dengue in the city of São Paulo in 2024. At least 25 individuals lost their lives due to the coronavirus, contrasting with only one fatal case of dengue fever in the capital. This disparity reflects the seriousness of the situation faced by the metropolis due to the spread of the virus.

Exponential growth

According to the Info Tracker platform, created by experts from the University of São Paulo (USP) and the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp), there was an alarming increase of 140% in confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the city from São Paulo.

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Aedes aegypti mosquito (Photo: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters/g1)


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Analyzing the data provided by the City of São Paulo, it is observed that the weekly moving average of positive Covid cases in the capital jumped from 168, on January 21st, to 404 until February 4th. This dizzying growth can be attributed to the end-of-year celebrations and Carnival, in addition to the emergence of new sub-variants of the virus, which contributed to the spread of the disease.

Similarities and distinctions between Covid-19 and dengue

It is important to highlight that both Covid-19 and dengue share symptoms such as headache, fever, muscle pain and diarrhea, which can make early diagnosis difficult. However, dengue fever has distinct characteristics, such as pain behind the eyes. To accurately determine the disease and ensure adequate treatment, it is essential to carry out specific tests.

Given the significant increase in Covid-19 cases and the worrying scenario of deaths in the city of São Paulo, it is imperative that health authorities intensify prevention measures and raise awareness among the population. §tion. Actions such as encouraging vaccination, reinforcing hygiene and social distancing measures, in addition to expanding service capacity in health services, are essential for contain the advancement of these diseases and preserve lives.

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Featured Photo: sample collection for dengue testing (Reproduction/image bank/Canva)

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